Cheziray Pressley, local soldier killed in Afghanistan, returns home

The coffin of Cheziray Pressley is carried from an airplane at Charleston Air Force Base to a waiting hearse by a military honor guard Friday morning.

Brad Nettles

The body of a local soldier killed in Afghanistan returned home this morning, landing at the Charleston Air Force Base around 9:25 a.m.

Army Pvt. Cheziray Pressley, 21, arrived with full military honors as his remains were escorted out of a private jet, completing a 7,000 mile return from Afghanistan.

Pressley had been in the combat zone for just a few days when he was killed along with three other soldiers May 16 after a roadside bomb exploded in Zabul province, tearing into the vehicle they were riding in.

All four were assigned to the Brigade Troops Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Pressley was a 2008 graduate of Fort Dorchester High School. He married in December and has a daughter.

His formal memorial service will be Monday at 3 p.m. in the ballroom of the Charleston Area Convention Center. The service is open to the public at his family's request.